True Food Taste Tests

True Food Taste Tests

True Food Taste Tests

Three times each school year, MPS Culinary & Wellness Services hosts True Food Taste Tests during lunch in elemenetary and middle school cafeterias to expose students to new flavors and food, and encourage adventurous eating habits. 

Upcoming True Food Taste Test

On November 14-16, 2018, students and staff will have the opportunity to try...HARVEST HUMMUS!
This recipe was developed by Naimah Muhammed, an 8th grader at Marcy Open! The hummus is made with pumpkin and Farm to School butternut squash, making it the perfect fall snack. 


Are you interested with a taste test at one of our schools? Taste Tests happen during lunch, so volunteers typically need to be available between 10:30am - 1:30pm. If you are interested in signing up to help or want to learn more, please EMAIL us.


Recipe Ingredients and instructions 
Poster You might see these hanging up at taste test schools!
Outreach Language Copy and paste a sample newsletter blurb, PA announcement, and more! 
Math/Science Worksheet Themed lessons tied to the taste test item 
English/Social Studies Worksheet Themed lessons tied to the taste test item 
Everything You Need to Know  A cheat-sheet for schools and volunteers about the taste test 


“I love that it introduces real foods to the kids-it's a fun way to engage with the kids about healthy eating and creative thinking."
"I appreciate the opportunity for kids to try things they may not have a chance to at home. One of the students tried it, and told me he was thinking of going to a culinary school to be a chef, so he wants to try all different foods."
"It was a fun, simple way to introduce new flavors to the kids, and it was very low-stakes, so the kids felt comfortable accepting or declining the new food item."


With support from The Wedge and Linden Hills Co-op, MPS Culinary & Wellness Services began our True Food Taste Tests in 2013. Since then, we've taste tested a variety of recipes featuring local ingredients, Farm to School produce, and unique textures and flavors! Curious what recipes we've taste tested in the past? Check out the recipes HERE
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